Program Overview

Our Junior Lifeguard Instructors (JGIs) are all certified lifeguards with East Bay Regional Park District’s Lifeguard Service. All have participated in our rigorous training JGI boot camp to prepare for working as an instructor in our program.

There are 9, one week sessions, with each session running Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm. Each session has a specific theme. In addition to the Junior Lifeguard core curriculum, each day there will be a theme-based curriculum comprising 1 to 1.5 hours in the morning and afternoon. Children who participate each session will receive a commemorative pin and certificate of program completion recognizing their accomplishment.
If a registrant requires accommodations, please contact Katy Hornbeck at (510) 690-6625 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about specific accommodations needed.
Locations:
  1. Contra Loma Regional Park (Session 1-6 only)
  2. Lake Anza in Tilden Regional Park
  3. Lake Temescal in Temescal Regional Park
  4. Cull Canyon Regional Park
  5. Shadow Cliffs Regional Park
Prerequisites:
Participants must pass a 25 yard swim test administered on the first day of each session. Parents must be present for this swim test.  Instructors will evaluate swimmers based on their swimming competence and confidence. If a child does not pass the swim test, they will be asked to either remain in chest deep water or wear a lifejacket when going past chest deep water.

Session dates & descriptions:
Session 1: June 16-20
Survivor JG
Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild, natural disasters, emergency situations, and perhaps a zombie attack? This week focuses on preparedness! JGs will learn how to use radios, fight off sharks, build fires, and making an SOS signal large enough for a helicopter to see. Session offered at all locations. Optional certification in First Aid
Session 2: June 23-27
Blue Hawaii
Imagine white sandy beaches, soft tropical breezes, and island sunsets…Hawaiian life.  We will not be sending the kids to the South Pacific, but they’ll get a taste of stand-up paddleboards, snorkeling and ocean rescue techniques. Aloha! Session offered at all locations. Optional certification in Adult CPR/AED
Session 3: June 30- July 3 *no program on July 4th due to holiday
NEW THEME- JG Olympics
If you like a little bit of friendly competition, this session has plenty of that! You’ll be competing in events that are done at the National Lifeguard competition: beach flags, rescue relays, and board races. These events will test your speed, strength, and teamwork. Will you and your team earn the gold medal? Session offered at all locations. Optional certification in First Aid
Session 4: July 7-11
East Bay Watch
This is the real deal! Junior Lifeguards who want go to the next level, and participate in activities that only professional lifeguard do; then this is for you: pattern diving, rescue can deployment (land and water), defensive moves in the water, and many more... Friday comes with training with the permanent staff, alternate duties, and shadow lifeguarding. Session offered at all locations. Optional certification in Basic Water Rescue

Session 5: July 14-18
Survivor JG
Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild, natural disasters, emergency situations, and perhaps a zombie attack? This week focuses on preparedness! JGs will learn how to use radios, fight off sharks, build fires, and making an SOS signal large enough for a helicopter to see. Session offered at all locations. Optional certification in First Aid
Session 6: July 21-25
Man Overboard
Junior lifeguards will be introduced to boat handling to their skill set, along with life jacket use, water polo, and water cannons. Yes, we did say water cannons. The last day, Kon-Tiki day, will determine if the junior lifeguards can handle life on the water. Session offered at all locations. Optional certification in Basic Water Rescue

Session 7: July 28- August 1
Blue Hawaii
Imagine white sandy beaches, soft tropical breezes, and island sunsets…Hawaiian life.  We will not be sending the kids to the South Pacific, but they’ll get a taste of stand-up paddleboards, snorkeling and ocean rescue techniques. Aloha! Session offered at all locations. Optional certification in Adult CPR/AED
Session 8: August 4-8
East Bay Watch
This is the real deal! Junior Lifeguards who want go to the next level, and participate in activities that only professional lifeguard do; then this is for you: pattern diving, rescue can deployment (land and water), defensive moves in the water, and many more... Friday comes with training with the permanent staff, alternate duties, and shadow lifeguarding. Session offered at all locations. Optional certification in Basic Water Rescue
Session 9: August 11-15
X-treme!
Imagine taking all the crazy fun stuff from the first eight weeks and compressing them into one week... that's what we did. Time to have fun, catch up on things missed due to family vacations. One word: Enjoy! Session offered at Shadow Cliffs, Anza, Temescal, and Cull Canyon. Optional certification in Adult CPR/AED

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